Show Don’t Tell

Show Don’t Tell

In my recent short-form screenwriting class, a student asked about the ‘show don’t tell’ technique/rule/commandment. I think the easiest way to explain it, isn’t. Instead, let me show you. First pass: There is a knock on the door. Louise answers, Mr. Harbinger has returned. He 

Based On or Inspired By… Who Cares!

Based On or Inspired By… Who Cares!

The terms “based on” and “inspired by” suggest very different standards of adherence to the facts providing the ideas for a film and the degree of fictionalization used to enhance the story, change the narrative, or make the film more marketable. A film that was “inspired 

Filmmaking School: A Year Long Journey

Filmmaking School: A Year Long Journey

None of them had any filmmaking experience, and even fewer had any interest. This is high school, after all, and not just any high school. These are students from a socio-disadvantaged location. There isn’t even a theatre in town. These kids just don’t care about 

Take the Easterseals Disability 2018 Film Challenge!

Take the Easterseals Disability 2018 Film Challenge!

Ready to put your film maker and writer skills to use? Th 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is right around the corner. It’s a 3-day challenge, starting Friday, April 13. In order to participate, you’ll need to enter (minimal cost) and clear your calendar for 

Build Your Film Resume

Build Your Film Resume

A PLACE CALLED SACRAMENTO — Short Film Competition Access Sacramento hosts this awesome opportunity for film-makers. Each year, Access Sacramento accepts short screenplays (under 10 pages). The scripts are read by a panel of judges and after much consideration, ten finalists are selected to represent! 

In A Heartbeat: Under 5

In A Heartbeat: Under 5

In A Heartbeat is a wonderful little short film, about 4 minutes long, that is both impactful and entertaining. It’s a great study in how to deliver a compelling story in a short amount of time.  Check out the full structural breakdown here. 

UCLA Offers Free Law Clinic to Doc Filmmakers

UCLA Offers Free Law Clinic to Doc Filmmakers

A UCLA School of Law clinic will help documentarians navigate the the legal issues of filmmaking. Awesome News! This comes from The Westwood Patch news source. LOS ANGELES, CA — “Documentary filmmakers needing assistance in understanding legal issues pertaining to their projects can soon turn